Born in Denver, Colorado, Principal Trombonist Craig Mulcahy joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of Principal Trombone of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for seven years, Second Trombone with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the Tulsa Philharmonic. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony. A graduate of the Juilliard School and University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Mulcahy became the first winner of the prestigious Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition.
As an active clinician and soloist, he has performed solos, recitals, and given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Chinese International Trombone Workshop in Beijing, where he was the featured artist. Mr. Mulcahy can be heard on several recordings including the recent CD released by the NSO commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and was recorded live in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in January, 2011. Mr. Mulcahy currently serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Catholic University of America. During his free time, he can be found with his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Fiona.